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Debt of Gratitude: Giving Thanks the Day after Thanksgiving

Debt of Gratitude: Giving Thanks the Day after Thanksgiving

Scrabble tiles spelling out the word THANKS

Thanksgiving is not merely a day of feasting but a duty of faith.

Yesterday we gathered for a bountiful Thanksgiving Dinner.

Tonight, we gather to give thanks for the blessings of Shabbat.

Saying “thank you” requires just a few words.

Demonstrating thanks requires ongoing action.

Preaching the importance of gratitude is easy.

Practicing the value of gratitude is hard.

If we say we are blessed to have food, then we must share our bread with the hungry.

If we say we are thankful for shelter, then we must work to house the homeless.

If we say we are fortunate to have health, then we must advocate for proper health care.

If we say we value knowledge, then we must insist on quality education for all.

If we say we cherish democracy, then we must demand nations behave democratically.

If we say we would be forever indebted for fulfilling the promise of peace, then we must help one another to live peacefully. May this be our blessing and let us say:


Rabbi David Wirtschafter is the rabbi of Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, KY. Confronting violence in classic Jewish texts and contemporary society is the focus of his work in progress, The Torah They Never Taught You, Bad Stories from The Good Book.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
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